Two students from the Lohegaon School in Pune found 6 preliminary asteroids in the Kalam Center Asteroid Search Campaign which was coordinated by the Kalam Center and the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC).
In a Saturday update, the Vikhe Patil School announced that Arya Pula and Shreya Waghmare had detected the asteroids. They also added that all 22 campaign participants had been chosen following a stringent screening process via a global event hosted between November 9 and December 3.
They were chosen from across the globe and qualified to examine data and spot possible asteroids near Earth, and 27 provisional asteroids were discovered.
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) release says that the preliminary results are the first discoveries of asteroids discovered in the Main Belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter that need additional confirmation in order to achieve Provisional status. This normally takes up to 5 years after the asteroid can be formally catalogued by the Minor Planet Centre.
Srijan Pal Singh, former Advisor (Technology and Policy) to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam said that knowing the asteroids around and mapping them is an important element in our bid to understand and monitor these flyings rocks around our planet. He is also the founder of the Kalam Centre.
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